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Friday, October 12, 2018

Additional Church News Updates Reported

Hello again, everyone! Since my last Church news update a couple of days ago, several additional developments have been reported. This post will share some of those latest developments. So let's get right into all of those. We start with the Church's official Newsroom. As many of you are no doubt aware, Elder Steven E. Snow has been serving as Church Historian and Recorder since August 2012, and, in that capacity, has overseen the Joseph Smith Papers Project, the publication of the new narrative history Saints, and many other developments, in addition to weighing in on other matters connected to the history of the Church.

At a recent Environmental Stewardship Symposium held at Utah State University, he noted that God will hold all of us accountable, as individuals and as the human race, for how we treat the Earth that He has created. That stewardship, he noted, has been clearly outlined in ancient and modern scripture. The Newsroom provided a detailed report of his remarks on that subject.

2 days ago, the Church, through spokesman Daniel Woodruff, released a statement on the safety of missionaries who are serving in the path of Hurricane Michael's devastation. Those who were in dangerous areas were relocated, and those not directly in the storm's path remained to help those in nearby areas that had been impacted. General Church leadership, through communication with local leaders, continue to assess the safety of those in the storm's path and will conduct further missionary evacuations if and when that becomes necessary.

Although many Church members in the western portion of the United States have headed to the eastern regions to help with recovery efforts, for many others who are not able to do so but would still like to be of service somehow, the Church has provided an ongoing list of opportunities for service as time and circumstances allow.

And in continuing the theme about areas impacted by the recent storms, Area Seventy Elder Douglas B. Carter, who lives, works, and serves in the path of the storm, has provided some first-hand perspective on the extent of the storm, how local Church members have been impacted, what is being done in terms of ongoing recovery efforts, and how impressive it has been to see the Saints in that area rising above their own losses to reach out and help their friends and neighbors. That kind of help, he noted, is not exclusively being rendered by Church members. The community has come together to help each other through this in a remarkable way.

The final two stories on which I wanted to focus in this post relate to General Conference. Throughout the General Conference weekend, our 15 prophets, seers, and revelators posted through various social media platforms some additional thoughts about either their own remarks or the major announcements which occurred during General Conference weekend. You can find those thoughts summarized in the latest edition of "This Week on Social".

And although full transcripts of the addresses given during the General Conference weekend are now available, for any that would prefer or need brief summaries of each address, the Church News has you covered. Whether by summary or through reading full addresses, I hope each of us will frequently study these talks over the next six months, as President Nelson has invited us to do.

I continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to bring word of those to you all as I receive it. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.